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[bil-uh n-der] /ˈbɪl ən dər/
a small two-masted merchant vessel, a type of hoy distinguished by the trapezoidal shape of the mainsail, used especially on canals and along coasts of the Low Countries.
Origin of bilander
1655-65; < Dutch bijlander from obsolete Dutchbillander, binlander hoy1 in the sense “a vessel with large mast for sailing along coast” < bij “by” + land “land” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A bilander was a small two-master, with the mainsail of lateen form.

  • There were three craft, all of different rig—a schooner, a ketch, and the said bilander.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • It is something between the modern ketch and the old Flemish 'bilander'.

    La Lgende des Sicles Victor Hugo
  • Well, mynheer, you have only to pay the difference, and the ketch will do; the bilander sails almost as fast.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • They called her "the lugger," though her rig was widely different from that, and her due title was "bilander."

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • But the shot only threw up a long path of fountains, and the bilander ploughed on as merrily as before.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • The bilander was a good sizable object, and not to hit her anywhere would be too bad.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for bilander


a small two-masted cargo ship
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch, literally: by-lander, because used on canals
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